Montana Jones

Montana n: A state of the northwest United States bordering on Canada. Admitted as the 41st state in 1889. The fourth largest state in the union, it includes vast prairies and numerous majestic mountain ranges.
Syn: Treasure State, Big Sky Country, Last Best Place.

Jones n: slang. An addiction or very deep craving.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Paving paradise

I watched it happen in California when I was growing up. My parents were farmers and the area I grew up in was all agrarian and pastoral. As I got older more and more people moved in to the area and there was more and more development. Today I don't recognize it at all. It's all strip malls and suburbs.
They paved paradise.
That's right. And I see the same thing happening here in Montana too. Bozeman has changed a lot. And Lewistown is growing.
And Whitefish.
But the strange thing to me is I asked my parent's what they thought of it. They lived there through it all. They just sort of shrugged and said "its progress". They thought it was normal.
You know, I think I agree with your parents. Personally I would prefer to live in a community that is economically prosperous and growing and thriving. I would certainly prefer that over somewhere that is stagnate and dying without opportunities. Unfortunately one of the prices you pay is paving paradise.

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Lewistown is growing? I graduated there, but haven't been back in years.
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